Always a Hussar continues the chronicle of Ray Ellis's life. His previous book, Once a Hussar, describes his exploits during the Second World War. He picks up his story again at the end of his overseas service. After his years of fighting in the western desert and the deprivation suffered during his time as a prisoner of war, he is suddenly returned to an England that is unfamiliar to him. This happened in the days before Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome was a recognised condition and restorative treatment, such as rehabilitation, was not yet an available option. Ellis leads us, unsparingly, through the harrowing personal breakdown of his selfhood and documents the painful results of his disturbing behaviour. However, this is not merely a story of bitterness and regret. Instead, it charts his journey through his darkest days , his self-generated recovery and his eventual arrival at a state of contentment and peace of mind. Always a Hussar is a celebration of the resilience of the human spirit.